Posted by Sari
It is going on right now. Four years ago about this time I was asleep. I did get up at an ungodly hour to check the result, went back to bed a happy woman, and woke again few hours later to see the farce beginning to unravel.
I don't know if it is the tragi-comical drama of the election show, the way the world has changed after 9/11, the about thirteen months I have altogether spent in US since 2000, or my growing addiction to political punditry, but I am struggling to stay up to see the early projections on Ohio and Florida before turning in.
YLE is showing CBS and Dan Rather but unfortunately with Finnish commentary and punditry ruining the show so that it is unbearable to watch. Okay this is it. I want my digibox and I want it now.
Channel 4 had an election special earlier where they showed selected pieces of Bush and Kerry documentaries and had two pundits commenting on them, and BBC World is, of course, devoting the channel wholly to the election.
I am hoping that the election won't be quite as close as the polls project, and that Kerry takes the Electoral college. I am basing this hope on following all of which I have read in that most reliable of soucres, 'somewhere':
1) Polling apparently has largely ignored people who have only cells. These people tend to be younger and thus (maybe) more socially liberal and more likely to vote Democrat.
2) Depending on the methology, it is possible that "likely voter" polling exludes the voters who did not vote in last elections, and there seems to be a great upsurge of new registered voters intending to use their vote.
3) Traditionaly, 2/3 of the swing vote goes with the Challenger
4) Washington Redskins lost.
Just a few more hours and then we'll see what'll happen...